A Quick Reminder:
This year’s UCCS Cemetery Crawl is Saturday, October 18th.
A group of UCCS history students will join with faculty in October to recreate local history and raise funds to protect a local cemetery.
For the third year, students in Barbara Headle’s “The Last Great Necessity: Cemeteries, Memory and American History”course will team with former students and returning volunteers to lead tours of the Fountain Fairview Cemetery, 757 South Santa Fe Ave. After extensive research, students will don period dress and relate the stories of the people buried at the cemetery who settled and developed the Fountain Valley during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This year’s emphasis is on the children who lived in Fountain. UCCS students and volunteers will interpret the children’s life stories.
The tours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18. The final tour begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students with identification and free for those less than 12 years old. Proceeds from the tour and a concurrent silent auction at the Fountain Public Library will fund the repair of damaged headstones in the cemetery and future installation of a video surveillance system.
This year’s cemetery crawl is dedicated to the memory of Alicia Gutscher, a UCCS graduate with an Anthropology degree. Not long after last year’s event, for which she was a student volunteer, Alicia was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. She passed away on February 17, 2014. She was 25 years old.